Our stay in Bora Bora got a bit longer than expected. Just a day after our arrival bad weather came in over the green island and we decided to wait it out outside Maikai Marina. I learned that during bad weather its better to stay close to civilisation so that the crew can entertain themselves regardless of rain and shitty weather.
Hiva is the name of the annual music and dance festival that is going on all around French Polynesia. The festival in Tahiti and Bora Bora is suppose to be one the best ones and we had the opportunity to see a couple of the shows down “town” close to the local pier. If you find drum music cool you will get goose bums when you here up to 12 drummers beating the shit out of their instruments.
As soon as the sun decided to shine on Bay Dreamer again we went all around Bora Bora. We visited north, west, east and the south side of the island. It´s possible to go almost everywhere inside the lagoon if you have a shallow draft boat as we have. The place is beautiful and the water is really clear and the shallow sand areas makes the water look like on one of these classical postcards.
To navigate inside the lagoon is very easy but you can not really trust the charts and you should have spotters in the front that can make sure you are not running into trouble.
My impression of the island is that most of what you see is artificial, the majority of the islands are occupied by a very exclusive hotel resort and the like to put up signs that clearly states- “This is a private island”. They also like to take there hotell guests out feeding sting rays and sharks, it would be nothing wrong with that but apparently they cut away the “stinger” from the stingrays and that truly sucks if that is true.
Katrin left the boat yesterday after spending almost 5 months onboard. It feels strange not to have her onboard and we will miss her ALOT!
Onboard the boat now you will find Me and Anna, Pia & Lena and also our newest friend Georgios from Greece that will sail with us for a week or two.
When I am writing this we are on route back to Raiatea where we will wait for som favourable winds that will help us to reach the Tuamotos Islands. The winds are mostly coming from the east (exactly where we wanna go) with the trades but now and then the wind turns around for a couple of days- thats when we will go!
Take care and see you soon